Ten years back, the in-house journal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had carried an article – penned by none other than the incumbent foreign secretary S. Jaishankar who was heading the America Division at that time – passionately arguing that India and America should jointly work to promote democracy in China.
I’d read it with amusement as the maverick view of an immature mind and thought the author was probably only imitating the neocons in America during the George W. Bush presidency whose dogmas were fashionable among the Indian foreign-policy elites at that time.
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But, apparently, S. Jaishankar was merely ahead of his time by a decade. He was spelling out an agenda whose time has come 10 years later under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stewardship of India’s ‘defining partnership’ with the United States. Read More
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